The Manila local government held a visual art exhibit at the Manila Clock Tower Museum in Ermita, Manila on Wednesday, Feb. 1, to kick off the celebration of National Arts Month.
The exhibit showcased the artworks by missionary visual artist and Philippine navy reservist Kristine Lim.
Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan led the unveiling and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the exhibit and the turnover of an artwork titled "Himig sa May Nilad," which was donated to the museum.
"Unang una maligayang pagdiriwang po ng National Arts Month. Ito pong ating kinatutuntungan, ang Manila Clock Tower museum, ay isang testimonya po na kung papaano ang isang lugar noon ay tambakan lamang ng mga gamit dito sa Manila City Hall ay magagawa nating isang magandang museum na kung saan ay ipinapakita niya ang kasaysayan ng isang minamahal na lungsod (First of all, happy National Arts Month. The Manila Clock Tower museum is a testimony of how a place that used to be just a storage area of the Manila City Hall can turn into a beautiful museum that shows the history of the city)," the mayor said.
The Clock Tower Museum is a historical building that has endured heavy bombings during the second world war. It started to undergo renovations in 2020.
Manila Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto, Second District Councilor Numero Uno Lim, and Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila Director Charlie Duñgo were also present at the ceremony.
"We are honored to add this beautiful masterpiece to our collection and share it with all of our visitors," said Councilor Lim.
"We believe that this painting will not only serve as a reminder of the rich history of Manila, but also an inspiration to those who view it," the councilor added.
Meanwhile, Kristine Lim acknowledged the presence of the attendees, especially her loved ones whom she said inspired her to create artworks.
During the event, the artist also unveiled a portrait of Lacuna.
"Mayor Lacuna has been serving the capital city of Manila for almost half of her life dedicating herself to public service and her achievements and contribution to the city have been immeasurable. During her time as our mayor, she has shown unwavering efforts in improving the lives of Manileños," Councilor Lim said in his address.
"The portrait created by Kristine, captures the essence of the mayor's character and her commitment to the city. The painting is a testament to the achievement and unwavering commitment to the people of Manila," he added.
The exhibit is open to the public for free until Feb. 3.